Embassy of Japan in Nepal

People's Exchanges

Exchange of VIP Visits

Regular contact and the exchange of visits by high-ranking officials from both countries started soon after the establishment of diplomatic relations in September 1956. Cabinet ministers, parliamentarians, and senior officials of different ministries of both countries exchanged visits time to time so that bilateral relations rapidly consolidated.

Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala paid an official visit to Japan in November 1998 as the first elected Prime Minister of Nepal. During his stay in Japan, he was given an audience by His Majesty Emperor Akihito, and also had a meeting with Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi discussing bilateral issues and moves to strengthen the ties between the two countries. He also met many other Japanese political leaders including former Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto, an avid lover of the Himalayas who has visited Nepal several times.

Prime Minister Koirala meeting with Prime Minister Obuchi
(November 1998)

Mr. Yoshiro Mori, Prime Minister of Japan, reciprocated with a visit to Nepal in August 2000 as the first official visit by a Japanese Prime Minister. During his time in Nepal, His Majesty King Birendra granted him an audience. In his meeting with Prime Minister Koirala, Prime Minister Mori expressed his desire to continue Japan's active support to the development activities of Nepal.

The century old contacts and the recent exchange of visits by politicians and prominent people have further strengthened the relationships which exist between the two countries.

Prime Minister Koirala welcoming Prime Minister Mori
upon his arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu

People of Patan welcoming Prime Minister Mori
during his visit to Patan Durbar Square

School children welcoming Prime Minister Mori
during his visit to Patan Durbar Square

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